Duke’s Gibbons Named ACC Women’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year

All-ACC Academic Women’s Soccer Team named

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com)– Duke senior defender Christina Gibbons has been named the 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year and heads up the sport’s All-ACC Academic Team, as announced Tuesday by Commissioner John Swofford.

Gibbons a senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in visual and media studies, is a four-time All-ACC Academic honoree. The 2016 Defensive Player of Year and three-time All-ACC selection also collected First Team NSCAA All-America, NSCAA Scholar All-America and CoSIDA Academic All-America honors following the 2016 season in which she helped lead the Blue Devils to a 15-5-3 overall and 7-2-1 league mark and an appearance in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship. 

All 15 schools are represented on this year’s All-ACC Academic Team, which includes four student-athletes that earned NSCAA All-America honors in 2016. Six members of the ACC All-Academic Team were named to either 2016 Capital One Academic All-America Team or the NSCAA Scholar All-America Team.

Along with Gibbons, Boston College’s Haley Dowd and Virginia Tech’s Murielle Tiernan also claimed their fourth ACC All-Academic Team honor, while McKenzie Meehan (Boston College), Emily Byorth (Clemson) and Emma Koivisto collected the third of their careers. The ACC All-Academic Team also includes 25 players that were named to the first, second or third All-ACC Team and four members of the ACC All-Freshman Team.

Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team. 

The ACC Honor Roll, which recognizes all conference student-athletes with a grade point average of 3.0 for the current academic year, will be released in July. 


ACC Women’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year – Christina Gibbons, Duke 

2016 All-ACC Academic Women’s Soccer Team 
(# of *s denote years named to the All-ACC Academic Women’s Soccer Team)

Lauren Berman, Jr., Boston College, Sociology 
****Haley Dowd, Sr., Boston College, Communication 
***McKenzie Meehan, GS, Boston College, Management 
***Emily Byorth, Sr., Clemson, Health Science
Gabby Byorth, Sr., Clemson, Health Science
**Abby Jones, Sr., Clemson, Health Science
**Sam Staab, So., Clemson, Financial Management 
**Claire Wagner, Sr., Clemson, Psychology
**Jenna Weston, Sr., Clemson, Management 
Schuyler DeBree, Jr., Duke, Environmental Science
Imani Dorsey, Jr., Duke, Environmental Science
****Christina Gibbons, Sr., Duke, Visual and Media Studies
Toni Payne, Sr., Duke, Political Science
**EJ Proctor, Jr., Duke, Visual and Media Studies
**Lizzy Raben, Sr., Duke, Global Cultural Studies
Ella Stevens, Fr., Duke, Undeclared
**Kirsten Crowley, Sr., Florida State, MBA
***Emma Koivisto, Jr., Florida State, Business-Finance
**Natalia Kuikka, So., Florida State, Criminology 
**Kaycie Tillman, So., Florida State, Business – Risk Management Insurance
**Taylor Bucklin, Sr., Louisville, Sport Administration
Kristina Fisher, Fr., Miami, Undeclared
Ronnie Johnson, Jr., Miami, International Finance & Marketing/Entrepreneurship
**Gracie Lachowecki, Sr., Miami, Nursing
Phallon Tullis-Joyce, R-So., Miami, Marine Science/Biology
Megan Buckingham, Jr., North Carolina, Media & Journalism
Cameron Castleberry, Sr., North Carolina, Psychology 
Hannah Gardner, R-Sr., North Carolina, Biology & Environmental Studies
Annie Kingman, Jr., North Carolina, Economics
Tziarra King, Fr., NC State, Engineering
Kia Rankin, Fr., NC State, Engineering
Kristina Schuster, Fr., NC State, Management 
Michaella van Maanen, Fr., NC State, Exploratory Studies
Ricarda Walkling, Fr., NC State, Parks, Recreation, Tourism
Monica Flores, Jr., Notre Dame, Pre-Professional
Taylor Klawunder, Jr., Notre Dame, Finance
Kaela Little, Sr., Notre Dame, Information Tech Management 
Ginny McGowan, Jr., Notre Dame, Marketing
Kaleigh Olmsted, Sr., Notre Dame, PreProfessional 
Jennifer Westendorf, Fr., Notre Dame, Undeclared
Sandra Yu, Sr., Notre Dame, Science-Business
Taylor Francis, Sr., Pitt, Biological Sciences
Stephanie Skilton, Sr., Syracuse, Health and Exercise Science 
**Morgan Stearns, Sr., Virginia, Media Studies
Alexis Shaffer, Sr., Virginia, Media Studies
**Kristen McNabb, Sr., Virginia, Education 
Veronica Latsko, Jr., Virginia, Public Policy & Leadership
**Candace Cephers, Sr., Virginia Tech, Biology
****Murielle Tiernan, Sr., Virginia Tech Residential Environments & Design
**Maddie Huster, Jr., Wake Forest, Health & Exercise Science
Sarah Teegarden, Sr., Wake Forest, Communication